It was Voltaire who also noted that "they who can make you believe absurdities can also make you commit atrocities." Haven't we seen that statement vindicated time and time again?!
In New Zealand, Brown Supremacist Derek Fox, chief spokesman for the Islam-sympathetic Maaaaaaaaaaaahdy separatist movement, has been peddling the same line about the Paris massacre. "The editor of the French magazine has paid the price for his assumption of cultural superiority and arrogance, he was the bully believing he could insult other peoples culture and with impunity and he believed he would be protected in his racism and bigotry by the French state. Well he was wrong, unfortunately in paying the price for his arrogance he took another 11 people with him. Power cultures all like to use the old chestnut of freedom of speech when they choose to ridicule people who aren't exactly like them, and mostly they get away with it." (Mr Fox clearly successfully resisted his colonisers' attempts to show him the proper use of the comma and semi-colon when he was at school. No doubt he regarded those attempts as cultural arrogance.)
Oh well, that's all right then—bomb and behead away, superstitionists everywhere.
In the meantime, as we ponder these latest Islamatrocities, perpetrated in the land of Voltaire—he to whom is also attributed the immortal line no primitivist will ever comprehend, "I disagree with what you say but defend to the death your right to say it"—I repair to some words from one of my earlier commentaries on this "stupid, stinking, savage superstition." I resurrect them in the hope they'll be sobering for those who, even after Sydney, complacently imagine it can't happen here:
"[Freedom] cannot be defended—indeed, it can only be betrayed—by apologetic weasel-worders appeasing militant, murderous morons whose savage pseudo-sensibilities have been stirred, not by sticks and stones, but by words and cartoons. May men of righteous rationality reignite the flame of reason and fight an unapologetic philosophical jihad in its holy name, that it may illumine the globe and save the world from another Dark Ages. Death to Islam—and all forms of tyranny over the minds of men!"